Carlos Ruiz Zafón on the Art of Storytelling

Carlos Ruiz Zafón, author of The Shadow of the Wind and other novels, is one of the world’s most read and best-loved writers. His work has been translated into more than forty languages and published around the world, garnering numerous international prizes and reaching millions of readers. He divides his time between Barcelona and Los Angeles. His most recent book, The Angel’s Game, goes on sale Tuesday, June 16. Read why Zafón is in the business of storytelling:

“Authors are often asked why they do what they do. Often by themselves, as they sit wondering why they didn’t become corporate lawyers or dentists or arms dealers. Why do we choose this strange profession that would rank right below the vocational do-gooder in a list of the least-likely-to-bring-success occupations in the world? I can’t speak for my colleagues, but as far as I am concerned, I write because I really have no other choice. This is what I do. This is what I am.

I am in the business of storytelling. I always have been, always will be. It is what I’ve been doing since I was a kid. Telling stories, making up tales, bringing life to characters, devising plots, visualizing scenes and staging sequences of events, images, words and sounds that tell a story. All in exchange for a penny, a smile or a tear, and a little of your time and attention.

I write for a living. I’ve been writing and making stuff up to make ends meet since I left school. It is my way of surviving, of earning a living and of navigating this world. It is my way of bringing something to the table, contributing what I believe is the best thing I have to offer for others to enjoy.”

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